Stacey Haskell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Most of her professional years were in accounting and financial consulting positions, where she was a valued employee respected for her professionalism, dedication to achieving results, and her strong work ethic.
Stacey and her husband Mark Haskell moved to the Charlotte area to start a new business in 2006. They reside in Huntersville with their two small daughters. As Corvian's Director and Founder, Stacey's strong commitment to educational opportunities for all children and young adults shines in everything that she does. She values the importance of smaller class sizes, an individualized approach to educating the whole child though arts based education and providing a flexible and supportive working environment to passionate, creative teachers. Stacey wants Corvian Community School to provide this for the children of our community. Doing what is best for kids by providing research-based, brain-friendly instruction in classrooms that emphasize a commitment to the arts, service to the community, a rigorous, differentiated curriculum and a safe, nurturing climate for learning, Stacey Haskell is pleased to be able to live out her beliefs and commitments by beginning an excellent public charter school in the Charlotte area.
Director of High School Education
Nicki Sinclair graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/ English from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1998, and her Master’s degree in Executive Leadership in 2011 from Gardner Webb University. She started teaching 8th grade language arts in Davidson County for five years before moving to Charlotte in 2003. In CMS she taught high school English and middle school language arts for several years. Nicki then had the opportunity to begin teaching at another local charter school where she taught 7th grade language arts for seven years and was the team leader for three of those years. During her time as team leader, Nicki very much enjoyed collaborating directly with other teachers, facilitating meetings, and building rapport among the grade level. This experience of leading her grade-level team helped her to realize her love for helping teachers and positively impacting students on an administrative level.
Nicki's belief in seeing students as individual learners with individual needs is what drew her to Corvian Community School in 2015. She helped grow and lead the middle school with the addition of 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Nicki is excited to now be leading the high school while continuing to uphold Corvian’s core values.
Nicki lives in the University Area with her husband Drew, and two children, Allison and Ben. She enjoys horseback riding, yoga, biking, acrylic painting, and spending time with her family.
Director of Middle School Education
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Padgett was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Because of her parent’s commitment to providing a strong learning environment both at home and school, she attended St. Gertrude High School, a Catholic school known for their excellent educational program it offered. There, she developed her love of teaching and working with others and knew immediately that becoming a teacher was her life's purpose. In 1986, Ms. Padgett graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from High Point College (now High Point University) and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Montreat College in 2011. Her first year teaching in 1986 was for the High Point City Schools, and during this time she earned one of the Young Teacher of the Year awards. After taking some time off to raise her two children, she returned to the classroom as a teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Ms. Padgett has been teaching for 23 years, the most recent 16 of those years were at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC. At LNC she taught 6th Grade Science and served as the 6th Grade Team Leader, After-School Detention Coordinator, and co-sponsor of All-Pro Dads, a program that carries the vision for every child to know the love of a father and for every dad to be engaged in the life of his child. In 2014, Ms. Padgett was named Lake Norman Charter’s Teacher of the Year, and in 2015-2016 she was awarded North Carolina Charter Schools Teacher of the Year.
Recently, Ms. Padgett was selected for the Aspiring Principal's Program through UNC-Charlotte, where she is working on receiving her "Add-on" certificate for a Masters in Administration and is expected to graduate in May 2018.
Ms. Padgett lives in Huntersville. She has a 24 year old daughter named Taylor, a 2015 Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, and who now lives and works Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Padgett also has a 21 year old son named Destry, a senior at Western Carolina University, who is on scholarship there to play football and earn degrees in Business Administration, Pre-Law, and Accounting. Ms. Padgett enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, and cheering on her favorite sports teams, the UNC Tar Heels, Western Carolina Catamounts, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Yankees.
Ms. Padgett is especially excited to serve as your new Corvian Community Charter School's Middle School Director!
EC Compliance Facilitator
Elizabeth Price received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University and her M.A.T. in Special Education from UNC Charlotte. She has 10 years of teaching experience in the NC public school system. Her most recent experience was working as the EC Process Coordinating Teacher for a CMS school. This role as a facilitator allowed her to oversee all aspects of EC Compliance from participating in IEP meetings, to testing students for eligibility and providing mentor services and training to other EC teachers in the building.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Charlotte and currently lives in Highland Creek with her husband, Byron, and their 2 daughters Grace and Keller. Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of the Corvian team, which prides itself on being student centered and providing the necessary services that each child may need in order to be successful. She is looking forward to working with the other Corvian staff members to offer a continuum of services and differentiated instruction to all children with exceptional needs.
Director of Elementary Education
Kristi Miller graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and received a Master of Education degree from Converse College. However, Kristi’s best educational opportunity has been partnering with her husband, Chris, in parenting their two college-age girls. Mary Gwen and Sarah are her best teachers, and her greatest source of joy!
During her teaching career, Kristi has collaborated with teachers and administrators to create educational plans that were driven by both data and research on best practices, written elementary curriculum, and worked closely with families to design programs that engage students and ignite a love of learning. When her girls entered school at one of the few public Basic Schools in North Carolina, Kristi fell in love with the philosophy. She was a parent leader at that school for many years before her family moved on to a local charter school where she served on the Board of Directors. Professional development opportunities introduced Kristi to Corvian Community School in 2013. The pure joy and passion every staff member has for what they do convinced Kristi that she had to be a part of this growing school. Since coming to Corvian, she has been a Literary Facilitator, 3rd grade teacher, and 5th grade teacher.
Kristi lives in Highland Creek with her husband, Chris, and always looks forward to the times when Mary Gwen and Sarah are home, too. She is a huge Panthers fan and loves nothing more than being at the stadium on a crisp autumn afternoon to watch her Panthers win. Kristi also enjoys sewing and quilting, traveling with her family, and serving in her church.
Associate Director of Elementary Education
Holly Chapman graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She also recently received a Master of Education degree from UNCC with a focus on gifted education. As a recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship, she had the opportunity to visit schools across the country to learn fresh ideas and see the latest research-based practices in action. After graduating, she married her high school sweetheart, PJ, and moved to Fort Riley, Kansas where he was stationed with the Air Force. She taught second grade on post and loved the community feel of the military families.
After one year in Kansas, she and her husband realized North Carolina still had their hearts and this was when Holly found Corvian. From the moment she walked through the doors, she fell in love with its philosophy, nurturing atmosphere, and community feel, as this perfectly aligns with her teaching philosophy. Throughout her four years at Corvian, she has taught 2, 3, and 5 grades, as well as served as Corvian's AIG coordinator/teacher and testing coordinator. As the AIG coordinator, she collaborated closely with administration to help launch Corvian's AIG program. She has served as a resource for teachers by providing differentiated materials to implement in the classroom. As the testing coordinator, she collaborates with the state to ensure compliance with state-mandated policies, and conducts teacher trainings for state mandated assessments.
Holly currently lives in Charlotte with her husband. She enjoys baking, exercising, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Director of Community Relations
Caroline Miller graduated from the the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education and was awarded Outstanding Early Childhood Senior of the Year. She continued to study at USC and completed her Master of Education degree with a specialization in Language and Literacy Education. Caroline then moved to New Orleans to teach in a K-8 turnaround charter school which was one of the most “challenging, yet rewarding” years of her life. She moved back to the Carolinas to teach grades 2-4 in a CMS school. Believing in the importance of a strong classroom community and family support, Caroline initiated the first loop at her school to continue to teach the same students and deepen partnerships with families for an additional year. She taught the third grade inclusion class and was selected as the Teacher of the Year by her colleagues her final year in CMS.
Corvian’s development of the whole child in addition to its health and wellness philosophy is what attracted Caroline to Corvian. The first time she walked in the school she knew this is what school should be like because of the art in the hallways, music in the classrooms, and students’ smiling faces. This belief remained constant as Caroline taught for three years at the elementary campus before stepping into her new role as Director of Community Relations. She intends to continue to cultivate relationships within the Corvian family and increase awareness of the magic happening within the school.
Cindy Branciforte has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. She previously worked at the Director level of a nursing home and several home health agencies managing day to day patient care; staff development, and counseling and educating families.
Cindy and her husband, Justin Branciforte, moved from San Diego, California to Huntersville in 2007. This afforded the opportunity for Cindy to stay at home with her daughter, Gigi. Cindy brought her human service experience to her volunteer roles at The Children’s Schoolhouse and to Corvian before being hired as the elementary Spanish teacher at the end of Gigi's kindergarten year at Corvian.
Cindy’s role has evolved over the past six years with Corvian as she has had the opportunity to work as a classroom Teaching Assistant; Teaching Assistant Facilitator, and Student and Staff Facilitator. In her current role as Dean of Students, Cindy is uniquely qualified as a trained social worker to advocate and support students and their families.
Cindy enjoys international travel, often time visiting family in Bolivia; going to the beach with friends and family, reading books, watching movies with Justin and going shopping with Gigi.